Marte heads home for personal matter

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CHICAGO – The Pirates will be without Starling Marte for a couple days while the speedy outfielder attends to a personal matter in his native Dominican Republic.


Manager Clint Hurdle said he thinks Marte will be back in time for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay. Jose Tabata got the start in left for Saturday night’s game at the Chicago Cubs.


Marte went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Pittsburgh’s 6-3 loss at Wrigley Field on Friday. He is batting .258 with five homers, 26 RBI and 17 steals in 70 games this season.


Marte has recently flourished at the plate and his upswing coincided with the Pirates calling up of outfielder Gregory Polanco. Marte has hit second behind Polanco and has at least one hit in nine of the 10 games. He is hitting .316 over that span, going 12-for-38. That surged has kicked his batting up 19 points since that time.


Tabata has appeared in 60 games and is hitting .297 this season with four doubles, a triple and 14 RBI.


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